7 Derm-Fave Products To Buy at Memorial Day Beauty Sales


It’s hard to choose just one thing to love about Memorial Day Weekend. Its arrival means that beaches are officially open, hotdogs and watermelon will be on every menu for the foreseeable future, and you can wear head-to-toe white without having to worry about someone making a rude comment about your outfit’s seasonal appropriateness. But as a beauty editor (and total skin-care nerd), the thing I’m most excited about for the start-of-summer holiday is the fact that so many dermatologist-favorite skin-care products are on super sale this weekend, because of Memorial Day beauty sales (of which there are many).

As the seasons change, so too, do the needs of your skin, so consider this the best possible time to give your entire routine a reboot. You’ll want to double down on retinoids and antioxidants, swap your heavy creams for lighter lotions, add an exfoliant into the mix, and of course, make SPF a non-negotiable. To help you hit “reset” on your regimen, we rounded up the summer friendly skin-care products that dermatologists can’t get enough of this time of year—all of which can now be yours for some seriously discounted prices.

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 — $29.00

Of all the sunscreens we know and love, this is the one dermatologists recommend time-and-time again. “It fulfills all of the criteria I prefer in a sunscreen,” Charisse Dolitsky, MD, from Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York previously told Well+Good. “It has broad spectrum, mineral-based coverage with high SPF, it’s formulated with zinc, which offers the widest spectrum of protection against both UVA and UVB rays, it’s low in chemicals. Elta provides more physical, rather than chemical protection, which is safer, and well tolerated by those with sensitive skin and it doesn’t clog pores.” From now until June 1, you can snag it for only $30 (instead of the usual $36) at Dermstore with the code SALEAWAY.

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Versed Auto-Save Advanced Renewal Serum — $25.00

This serum contains the two skin-firming ingredients that derms say everyone should be using by the time they hit 35. It’s made with peptide-packed microalgae which “brightens and hydrates skin and provides proteins to build collagen,” says Sheila Farhang, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Arizona, plus skin-protecting antioxidants that should be a non-negotiable in every a.m. skin-care routine. Between May 28 and May 30, scoop it up for 15 percent off its usual price on Versed’s website.

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum — $240.00

In order to reap the maximum hydrating benefits from your hyaluronic acid serum, derms suggest looking for a product that’s made with multi-weight hyaluronic acid molecules. These different sized hyaluronic acid molecules allow the ingredient to penetrate skin at different levels, delivering moisture from the inside out. This luxury formula fits the bill, pairing long- and short-chain hyaluronic acid molecules with antioxidant-rich purslane extract that will protect your skin while it hydrates it. Though the usual $300 price tag is unquestionably steep, from now until the end of the month, it can be yours for only $240, thanks to Violet Grey’s MDW sale.

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Shani Darden Retinol Reform — $64.00

“Retinoids can be used year round, but increasing strength or frequency of use is often helpful, and more tolerable, in warmer weather to combat oil production and boost anti-aging,” Michele Farber, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Philadelphia previously told Well+Good. Shani Darden’s retinol serum is beloved by both derms and celebs alike (she’s a celebrity esthetician, after all) thanks to the fact that it’s made with gentle—yet effective—encapsulated retinol that diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and discoloration without causing irritation. It’s also got lactic acid, which helps to gently resurface the top layer of your skin. From now until May 25, you can get it for 20 percent off on Violet Grey’s website.

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Sunday Riley Good Genes — $98.00

Speaking of lactic acid, this cult-fave serum is made with the gently exfoliating ingredient, and helps to melt away dead skin cells to give your complexion a smoother, more even appearance. If you’ve been avoiding your usual exfoliants during dry skin season (otherwise known as “winter”), this is a great way to introduce a non-irritating one back into your routine—plus, derms swear by it. Pick it up at Dermstore for 20 percent off with the code SALEAWAY from now through June 1.

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil — $22.00

Greasy skin is one of the more unpleasant side effects of humid weather (along with frizzed-out hair and sweat stains), and an oil-reducing cleanser can help keep things clear. Thanks to the principle of “like attracts like,” oil-based cleansers are actually great for removing oil from your complexion, and this olive oil-infused option from the Japanese beauty brand DHC is sure to get the job done. Grab it for 20 percent off from now through June 1.

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Skinmedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer — $52.00

This lightweight lotion absorbs almost immediately into your skin, and unlike your usual thick, heavy, creams, it won’t leave a greasy film on your face the minute you start to sweat. It’s made with hydrating hyaluronic acid plus vitamins C and E, which will give your complexion the moisture and antioxidant protection it needs all summer long… without making you goopy and greasy in the process. From now until June 1, it can be yours for $52 instead of the usual $58.

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